Galerie Judith Andreae

Gudrun Kemsa

Gudrun Kemsa: News

  • 16.10.2021


  • GUDRUN KEMSA. NEW YORK, NEW YORK, Museum Moderner Kunst Wörlen Passau 16.10.2021 - 16.01.2022 The photo and video artist Gudrun Kemsa understands the world as a stage on which an infinite number of performances take place day after day. In her works, she addresses the perception of time in an urban context. She photographs people in public spaces or assembles film sequences of city trips in such a way that the city seems to be in motion. In this case, it is the fascinating metropolis of New York City, which has always captivated artists for generations and which Gudrun Kemsa herself has visited several times. She is particularly interested in the outer 'beautiful' appearance. All the works were created in bright sunshine and the buildings form a magnificent stage for the observed sceneries, which nevertheless appear so tidy, as if someone had directed the composition. The streets and squares of Manhattan thus create images of infinite beauty.

  • 30.08.2021

  • Gudrun Kemsa | LOST PLACES City C Leverkusen

  • 30. August 2021 - 29. October 2021, City C Leverkusen "Lost Places" are abandoned places, areas, buildings, mostly in big cities, which often have a special charm in their abandonment. The "City C" - the oldest shopping arcade in downtown Leverkusen - is characterized by vacancy in large areas. Now it is being transformed into an art arcade until the end of October. Fifteen artists who work, live or have studied in North Rhine-Westphalia have taken up this challenge and have developed concepts for individual locations over the past few months that complement each other to create a varied and inspiring course. Among them is the artist Gudrun Kemsa, who shape the Lost City C with her photographic works.

  • 25.08.2021

  • Gudrun Kemsa | 25 JAHRE FIFTYFIFTY. BENEFIZ-AUSSTELLUNG, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf

  • Opening: 27.8.2021 4 pm, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf The art of helping 25 years fiftyfifty. Charity exhibition Gudrun Kemsa takes part in a charity-exhibition for homeless people: The street magazine fiftyfifty is turning 25 and is presenting works by Thomas Struth, Candida Höfer or Gerhard Richter alongside Gudrun Kemsa to mark its anniversary at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf. The works donated by the artists* are sold to purchase housing for homeless people.

  • 21.06.2021

  • Gudrun Kemsa at the HITTING PUBERTY EPISODE 3 21 June to 25 July 2021, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf

  • As part of the anniversary programme Hitting Puberty - 15 Years of the IMAI Foundation, young artists from the Foundation's distribution programme will present their own works in relation to historical videos from the IMAI archive that have been groundbreaking for their personal development. Gudrun Kemsa will show her work Merry-go-round (2001), which was created together with Marcus Maida. The screening programme with works by Gudrun Kemsa, Marcus Maida and Marcel Odenbach relates his observations to global economic cycles, ranging from the blinking merry-go-round of the capitalist entertainment industry to the brutal vicious circle of colonialism.


  • Gudrun Kemsa is one of the 100 artists* participating in the art lottery of UNO Refugee Aid 2020. The lottery takes place in November 2020. You can find more information at:

Gudrun Kemsa: Work

Gudrun Kemsa: Biography

Gudrun Kemsa
Born 1961 in Datteln, Germany
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  • seit 2001

  • Professorship for 'Moving Images and Photography', Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, Krefeld

  • 2000-2001

  • Lectureship for Photography / Film / AV, University of Applied Science Niederrhein, Krefeld

  • 1997-1999

  • Lectureship for Photography, Bergische Universität GH Wuppertal

  • 1985

  • Master Student, Art Academy Düsseldorf

  • 1980-1990

  • Studies, Art Academy Düsseldorf, Prof. Karl Bobek, Prof. Rabinowitch

  • lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany

Scholarships and prizes
  • 2010

  • Publication funding of the Kunststiftung NRW

  • 2008

  • Exceptionalprize of the 13. Marler Video-Art-Prize

  • 2004

  • Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris

  • 2000

  • Artist in residence, C-Line Projects

  • Working scholarship at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne

  • 1999

  • Project scholarship at the ZKM Center for Art and Media Technology, Karlsruhe

  • 1996/1997

  • Villa Massimo- Scholarship, Rome

  • 1995

  • New York Scholarship of the Ernst Poensgen Foundation

  • 1994

  • Scholarship of the Ministry of Culture NRW in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut, Genoa

  • Ilford project funding in Istanbul

  • 1992

  • Travel scholarship of the city of Düsseldorf to Israel

  • 1989

  • Italy travel scholarship of the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf

  • UPCOMING 2022

  • 'NEW YORK, NEW YORK', Kunsthalle Erfurt

  • 2021

  • 'NEW YORK, NEW YORK', Museum Moderner Kunst Wörlen, Passau

  • 2020

  • 'NEW YORK, NEW YORK', Osthaus Museum Hagen, Hagen

  • 2019

  • (DE) 'Gudrun Kemsa - Move In Time', Kunsthalle im Kunsthaus Nexus, Saalfelden

  • 'Moving Portraits', Salzburg Museum, Salzburg

  • 2018

  • 'Die Welt als Bühne', Galerie Bernd A. Lausberg, Düsseldorf

  • 2017

  • 'Pool', plan.d. produzentengalerie e.v., Düsseldorf

  • 2016

  • 'The World as a Stage', Neue Galerie im Haus Beda, Bitburg

  • 2014

  • 'Lausberg Contemporary - Gudrun Kemsa', Armory Art Center, Greenfield Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida

  • 'Moving pictures', Galerie Bernd A. Lausberg, Düsseldorf

  • 2013

  • 'Urban Stage', Galerie Bernd A. Lausberg, Düsseldorf

  • 'Urban Stage', Galerie Bernd A. Lausberg, Düsseldorf

  • 2012

  • 'Urban Stage', Kunstmuseum Ahlen

  • 2011

  • 'Urban Stage', Kunstverein Ingolstadt

  • 2010

  • 'Urban Stage', shop gallery Linz / Ars Electronica, Linz

  • 2008

  • 'Moving Images', new art forum, Cologne

  • 2007

  • 'Moving Images', Städtische Galerie, Iserlohn

  • 'Moving Images', Jenaer Kunstverein e.V., Jena

  • 2006

  • 'Moving Images', Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld

  • 'Public View', Phenomena Gallery, Seattle

  • 'Choreographien', Kunstverein Museum Schloss Morsbroich e.V., Leverkusen

  • 2003

  • 'Moving Images and Photography', Art from NRW, Former Reichsabtei, Aachen- Kornelimünster

  • 2002

  • 'Photography and video', Lippische Gesellschaft für Kunst e.V. in the Eichenmüllerhaus, Lemgo

  • 'Bewegte Bilder', photography factory Heider, Krefeld

  • 2001

  • 'Photography and video', Galerie Knabe, Frankfurt,

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Gudrun Kemsa: Texts

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    "The exhibition autumn at Galerie Judith Andreae is under the impression of the World Climate Conference, which will take place from November 6th to 17th 2017 in Bonn. Artists of the gallery, as well as guest artists, present works that show the beauty and at the same time the fragility of the earth. [...]"

Gudrun Kemsa: Press

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    Bonner Generalanzeiger, 16./17. 09. 2017 "Die irritierende Schönheit der Katastrophe. Galerie Judith Andreae mit 'The Planet Is Blue'."

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